St Peter's Church, Nottingham

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The Church of St Peter with St James
St Peter's Church Nottingham
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Diocese Southwell and Nottingham
Province Province of York
Vicar(s) Rev. Christopher Harrison, Rev. Stephen Morris, Rev. Chrissie Little, Rev. Alison Maddocks
Organist/Director of music Dr Peter Siepmann
Organist(s) Dr Michael Leuty, Lee Rooke
Churchwarden(s) Helena Lord, Keith Mountford

St Peter's Church, Nottingham is an Anglican parish church in the city of Nottingham.

The church is Grade I listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a building of outstanding architectural or historic interest.[1]

Formally it is the church of St Peter with St James. It is part of the parish of All Saints', St Mary's and St Peter's, Nottingham.


St Peter's is one of the three mediaeval parish churches in Nottingham, the others being St Mary's and St Nicholas'. The parish of St. James' Church, Standard Hill, founded in 1807 was united with St Peter's in 1933 and the official title "St Peter with St James" came into being. (St James's was demolished a few years later; some monuments from St James's are preserved in St Peter's.)

The church shows traces of many stages of construction from about 1180 onwards (the original church of around 1100 was destroyed by fire).

List of incumbents[edit]


St Peter's has a new organ, a choir and a series of Saturday morning concerts. The Organist & Director of Music since 2007 is Peter Siepmann.


The choral tradition at St Peter's was developed by Vincent Trivett (Organist 1906-1947), Kendrick Partington (Organist 1957-1994) and others. The choir sings in church every Sunday and frequently has concert performances. The choir often sings in other churches and cathedrals across the UK and abroad. This began with a visit to Lichfield Cathedral in 1969. In 2008 the choir sang the services for several days at Westminster Abbey.[2]


St Peter's has a regular series of Saturday morning 'coffee break' concerts. These were started in 1988. The church also occasionally hosts more formal evening performances.


The first organ since the Commonwealth period was installed by Lincoln in 1812. This was enlarged by Lloyd and Dudgeon in 1863[3] and has been adapted and restored several times since by E. Wragg & Son, Henry Willis & Sons and Hill, Norman & Beard. In 1952, much of the organ of St Columba, Mansfield Road was incorporated into the St Peter's instrument.

A new organ was installed in 2010, and combines some ranks of new and re-used pipes with digital simulations of most stops. It is situated in the North-East corner of the church, retaining a historic eighteenth century case. The organ has been designed as a recital instrument, and to provide support for congregational singing, as well as accompanying the church's choir. [4]


There are notes of payments to organists in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries

  • 1481-1482 And for 5s paid to the organist (lusori ad organa) in the aforesaid Church in this year.[5]
  • 1516/17 - 1517/18 And for 6s 11d paid to Robert Dowse, organist, at the request of the greater part of the parishioners, in augmentation of his salary.[6]
  • On 25 October 1785, William Bradley was allowed one guinea for teaching the boys to sing.
  • Organist paid £12/12 in 1816 but cost was not borne by the church.
  • Miss King - 1818 - 1825 - ?
  • Miss Price c.1834
  • William Archer c.1834
  • Mrs Cooper c.1840
  • Mr. Woolley c.1844
  • Miss Angelina Webb 1847 - 1850[7] (afterwards organist of the parish church, Cheadle)
  • R.G. Parr - 1854 - 1858 - ?
  • W. Selby c.1862
  • T.L. Selby c.1864
  • W. Selby c.1866 - 1883[8]
  • C. Rogers c. 1893[9]
  • Lawrence J Norman ca 1901
  • Vincent W. Trivett 1906 - 1947 (formerly Lady Bay Church West Bridgford 1901-1906)
  • Harold E F Bebbington 1947 - 1952
  • Cyril Whitehead 1952 - 1953
  • Douglas Madden 1953 - 1957
  • Kendrick Partington 1957 - 1994
  • Gary Sieling 1994 - 1995
  • Andrew Teague 1995 - 2003
  • Philip Collin 2003 - 2007
  • Dr Peter Siepmann 2007 -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Grade I (458588 )". Images of England. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 8 May 1863
  4. ^
  5. ^ Thoroton Society Record Series Volume VII (1939). The account books of the Guilds of St. George and St. Mary in the church of St. Peter, Nottingham. R.F.B. Hodgkinson.
  6. ^ Thoroton Society Record Series Volume VII (1939). The account books of the Guilds of St. George and St. Mary in the church of St. Peter, Nottingham. R.F.B. Hodgkinson.
  7. ^ Nottinghamshire Guardian - Thursday 26 September 1850
  8. ^ Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 28 September 1883
  9. ^ Nottinghamshire Guardian - Saturday 2 December 1893
  • Alfred Stapleton, 1905, Churches and monasteries of old and new Nottingham
  • Keith Train, 1981, Train on churches, Nottingham

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Coordinates: 52°57′8″N 1°8′55″W / 52.95222°N 1.14861°W / 52.95222; -1.14861